The poem, which originally appeared in I-70 Review in 2020, deals with interruptive grief, intrusive male voices, and the desire for an evasive sense of closure and connection. While filming, a group of children entered the park. Though unscripted, their chatter makes an oddly fitting Greek chorus for the poem’s associative leaps.
Marlo Starr writes and teaches in Baltimore. She earned a PhD in English from Emory and an MFA in Poetry from Johns Hopkins. Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from The Threepenny Review, Napkin Poetry Review, BOAAT, and elsewhere.